A modest proposal for gun control
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18-12-2012, 10:21 AM
RE: A modest proposal for gun control
(18-12-2012 05:47 AM)bemore Wrote:  From some of the posts I have read these last few days relating to this I am quite surprised at how easy it sounds to purchase a gun in some states of america.

In the UK you need to obtain a license, you need to justify the reasons why you want it, you need to get references off the land owners where you state you will normally be firing the gun.

The police check all of your medical records, if you have any type of mental illness (including depression) then the chances are more likely you will be refused. You need to purchase a police approved strong box where you store your guns and ammunition and it has to be either bolted/secured to the floor or the wall and the police come out and inspect your house and have a chat with you about gun ownership.

It can be a very lengthy process.

Depending on the state you live in, it can take as little as 15 minutes. Some states require waiting periods of up to two weeks, others do not.

The usual (legal) process for buying a gun in the United States (and as someone who's bought 20 guns and been shooting for over 30 years now, I've done many times) is as follows.

1) Arrive at an approved FFL dealer (gunshop), select a particular Title I firearm from his wares and make tell the staff you want to buy said gun.

2). The dealer then gives you a copy of BATFE Form 4473. A one page form, which you must fill out with your full name, address, date of birth, social security number, height, weight, hair color, and eye color. You must also present a state issued photo ID whose information matches that you filled out on Form 4473. It then asks you a series of yes/no questions that you must then answer truthfully under penalty of perjury.

Are you the lawful owner of this firearm?
Are you a convicted felon?
Are you an illegal alien?
Are you a fugitive from justice?
Have you been adjudicated mentally defective or confined to a mental institution?
Were you Dishonorably Discharged from the US Armed Forces?
Have you renounced your US Citizenship?
Do you have a warrant issued for your arrest?
Are you currently using marijuana or other illegal drugs?
Are you subject to a court order for harassment or stalking?
Have you been convicted of, or are you facing criminal prosecution for, domestic violence?

If you answered yes to any question other than the first, you are disqualified and the sale is denied.

If the dealer verifies the information on your copy of Form 4473, he then takes it with him and makes a telephone call to The National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NICS), which uses the FBI's national crime information index to verify your answers on Form 4473.

By federal law NICS is required to give the buyer an answer in 3 days or less, but, for every gun I've purchased, it only took about 3 minutes to clear.

4) Once the dealer receives a 'proceed' response from NICS, the buyer pays the price set be the FFL plus applicable taxes and the firearm now belongs to them.

Contrast this with buying a cell phone which takes about an hour to set up and make ready.

Title II NFA guns ie machine guns, suppressors, SBRs, ODDs are also still for sale but must be purchased from a Class III dealer. These require a more elaborate background check, are for sale only in certain states, sometimes subject to the approval of the county sheriffs office and are charged a $200 federal tax at time of purchase. You must settle for a used machine gun as registry of a new transferable full auto ended in 1986. As there is a limited supply of full autos on the market, they are prohibitively expensive. A civilian transferable M-16 or MP5 will cost over $20,000 and some of the rarer guns in the NFA system, like an M249 SAW or a GE M134 minigun can cost over $400,000!


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RE: A modest proposal for gun control - Carlo_The_Bugsmasher_Driver - 18-12-2012 10:21 AM
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